Keepin’ it Green: Music, Arts & Sustainability
This Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16, SolarFest will bring top musical performers, renewable energy and sustainable living on the beautiful 120-acre campus of the Southern Vermont Arts Center. The gates open at noon on Friday, with activities and music from 2 to 11 p.m., and at 8 p.m. on Saturday, with all-day events being held from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Music will fill the Arkell Pavilion and outdoors in the natural amphitheater of Mount Equinox. Pop-folk singer-songwriter Dar Williams, nationally recognized headliners Donna the Buffalo and Marcia Ball and featured artists Sister Carol, Wild Adriatic and The House Jacks are just a few of the 14 world-class acts attendees can look forward to seeing on two solar-powered stages. Over 60 workshops will cover wide-ranging topics like renewable energy financing; green building; sustainable living; mindfulness; year-round gardening; socially responsible investing; medicine from field and forest; and solar cooking. Music and arts workshops include songwriting; experimental jazz; guitar master class; world percussion; and art as a vehicle for social change. Or explore advanced technology, aerodynamics, energy storage, carbon independence, electric vehicles and much more. A full list of performers and workshops is available at solarfest.org.
Theater in the Woods features plays from children’s book author Frank Asch and the collaborative efforts of many talented cast and crew. Shows will be staged at 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday. Vendors will be offering specialty food, drink and merchandise. Admission starts at $20, with weekend campsites starting at $30. The Southern Vermont Arts Center is located on Manchester West Road in Manchester.